Exhibitions

On View

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Commencement 2018

Each year, the Commencement exhibition showcases work from graduating students, offering a glimpse into what they have created during their time at the GSD. All featured work is selected by the students themselves, and displayed in poster form alongside postcard versions for visitors to take. Prize…

exhibition dates: MAY 23 – JUL 29, 2018

Past Exhibitions

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Design and the Just City

Imagine that the issues of race, income, education and unemployment inequality, and the resulting segregation, isolation and fear, could be addressed by designing for greater access, agency, ownership, beauty or empowerment. Now imagine the Just City — the cities, neighborhoods and public spaces where all…

exhibition dates: MAR 26 – MAY 11, 2018

Toni L. Griffin, Curator

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ULSAN REMADE: Manufacturing the Modern Industrial City

The Spring 2017 option studio “ULSAN REMADE: Manufacturing the Modern Industrial City” worked with the presence of the ‘Fifth Industrial Revolution,’ a current systematic transformation combining accelerated and automated methods of manufacture and industrial production. This transformation features changes to local patterns of energy,…

exhibition dates: MAR 19 – MAY 11, 2018

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Inhabiting the Limbo

By Zahra Safaverdi (MArch '17), Irving Innovation Fellow.  In recent history, the distinction between the product of imagination, the physical manifestation of the image, and that which belongs to the reality of quotidian life is clear. This clarity and emphasis on keeping the realm of the…

exhibition dates: MAR 12 – MAY 11, 2018

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Feminine Power and the Making of Modern Architectural History

Organized by Women in Design (WiD), a student group at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and drawing on a range of archival materials, “Feminine Power and the Making of Modern Architectural History” juxtaposes Jaqueline Tyrwhitt (1905–1983) and Alison Smithson (1928–1993), two women…

exhibition dates: JAN 29 – MAR 18, 2018

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Inscriptions: Architecture Before Speech

If recent theory has highlighted architecture’s turn to evident resemblance and signification, we argue this tendency has also produced its other: The landscape of contemporary practice is filled with work whose motivating interests are anterior to meaning and averse to thematization; they are, in a…

exhibition dates: JAN 22 – MAR 11, 2018

K. Michael Hays and Andrew Holder, Curators

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Baroque Machinations (2012–2017)

Curated by Cameron Wu (MArch ’03), Associate Professor of Architecture Plans of three Baroque churches serve as subjects for close reading and formal analysis in this exhibition. Through drawing and animation, each investigation offers a wide range of architectural characteristics produced using a single ruleset…

exhibition dates: JAN 22 – MAR 11, 2018

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Landscape: Fabric of Details

This exhibition of a selection of projects by Toru Mitani and his practice, Studio on Site, is about how small things have a significant, perceptual impact on diffuse landscapes. The title itself is an incitement to connect ideas that operate at vastly different scales. Fabric,…

exhibition dates: OCT 30 – DEC 21, 2017

Toru Mitani, Curator

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Border Ecologies

Borders shape and consolidate relations between states, people, jurisdictions, political entities, and territories. While some borders are stable, others are in a constant flow. The demarcation of borders is a body politic. It regulates economic relations and people’s access to places, resources, and rights. Borders…

exhibition dates: NOV 1 – DEC 21, 2017

Malkit Shoshan, Curator

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“Real Talk,” an exhibition by the GSD’s African American Student Union

“Real Talk” collects photographic portraits and personal reflections of participants in the GSD’s second Black in Design Conference, entitled “Designing Resistance, Building Coalitions,” to reveal how their stories relate to identity, design, resistance, and coalition building. This exhibition is a part of a larger…

exhibition dates: OCT 5 – DEC 21, 2017

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PULSUS

The city is an electrifying fray, a maddening web of cacophony that connects every one of us to every one of others. How can we find solace in a world that doesn’t stop? PULSUS is an ambient, interactive, and experimental installation, part of a collaborative…

exhibition dates: SEP 1 – DEC 15, 2017

Allen Sayegh, Curator

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Portman’s America & Other Speculations

Combining the talents of an architect, artist and developer, John Portman was able to embark on a series of large-scale building projects —megastructures—that radically redefined the relationship of architecture to the city and its citizens. Iwan Baan’s new photographs of Portman’s work, commissioned for the…

exhibition dates: AUG 28 – OCT 25, 2017